Climate Summit Registration Still Open

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There is still time to register for the Saturday January 18, 2014 Northfield Area Climate Summit at St. Olaf’s Buntrock Commons. This event is free and open to the public. (http://northfieldclimatesummit.org/registration/ )

In addition to the keynote speaker Meteorologist Paul Douglas, there will be nine break out sessions led by a wide range of experts, from academics to activists. The panels will include attention to the local implications of cimate change and offer practical information and resources to foster ongoing diecernment and action. 

For example, Robert Jacobel, St. Olaf Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies will lead a session offering participants the opportunity to learn more about the science of climate change.

This fall, the U.N.-created intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented the body’s fifth report, saying that global warming is “unequivocal.” (http://www.ipcc.ch/ )

“Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, changes in the global water cycle, reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise and in changes in some climate extremes.”(Quote from USA Today, September 27, 2013)

In Jacobel’s session, participants will hear what scientists have to say about recent discoveries concerning climate change.  Why are scientists so concerned about recent trends? Why are Polar Regions such sensitive indicators of change and why are they looked to as complete “archives” of the Earth’s climate history? What’s predicted for Minnesota’s future climate? And what are the likely specific outcomes of that climate?

To see descriptions of the breakout sessions: 

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